Atlantic Honored with MAPPS Award for Weakley County 911 Project

Oct 2, 2014 -- For the second year in a row, Atlantic has been honored with a MAPPS Geospatial Services Excellence Award for its project entitled, "Helping Weakley County, Tennessee’s Tactical GIS Team Maximize their LiDAR ROI."

During the fall of 2013, Weakley County 911 Emergency Management contracted with Atlantic to perform classification and extraction of building footprints from the new USDA-NRCS LiDAR point data.   The primary challenge associated with this critical project was to create 3D data for roughly 25,000 buildings over a 5,500 square mile area within a short amount of time and on a severely constrained budget.  Toward meeting this challenge, Atlantic created a customized algorithmic LiDAR classification and extraction scheme that served to greatly reduce the manual effort typically associated with similar efforts.  Brian Mayfield, President and Chief Operating Officer, who accepted the award on behalf of Atlantic, said, “This project showcases how private enterprise can deliver cost effective solutions to complex geospatial challenges.”

“The building footprints from this innovative process, have the detail, sharpness and appearance of photogrammetrically-derived features,” said Kimberley Denney, Associate Vice President. “Working together with the Weakley County 911 Director and GIS Specialist, we provided critical intelligence for both the Counties 911 and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) operations.  The entire Atlantic team can be proud of their contributions on this important project that has been recognized by this prestigious award.”

“We are extremely thankful for all the effort put forth by the Atlantic team to complete this project under such unique circumstances,” said Jamison Peevyhouse, Director of Weakley County 911.   “We cannot begin to explain how much we appreciate the response and turn-around time from Atlantic. It showed Atlantic’s commitment to understanding our immediate needs as a client, as well as their dedication to not just being a contractor to Weakley County 911, but a trustworthy partner to whom we can depend on for many years to come.”

MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello, said "The awards highlight Atlantic’s continuing ability to work with clients to provide effective solutions that are within budget, and have long lasting societal benefits."

About Atlantic

Atlantic is a technology-driven remote sensing, surveying and consulting business with offices in Huntsville, AL, Houston, TX, Nashville, TN, Minneapolis, MN and Easton, MD. Atlantic’s staff of certified and licensed professionals, who are known as thought leaders in their field, provide geospatial and consulting solutions to government and private sector clients. For more information, please call 256-971-9991 or visit


Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States.  MAPPS provides its 160+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement. For more information on MAPPS, please visit

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